Blood on the Water

Painted while watching “The Ninth Gate.”

I once saw a picture of a red-gloved hand holding up a disembodied shark fin. In the same hand, he held a knife. The knife and the shark fin were exactly the same color and just as sharp — blood-stained and held perpendicular to each other. The sea and sky in the background were different shades of steel. Red glove, sharp edges. Sea, sky, blade and fin all the same. It was interesting to see something abhorrent composed in such an arresting way.

Harmony and contrast. All beauty comes from those two things… Few objects are beautiful or ugly in themselves. To know that is the beginning of being an artist.”
―Tom Stoppard

The warrior learns of the spiritual realm by dwelling on the cutting edge of the sword, standing at the edge of the fire pit, venturing right up to the edge of starvation if necessary. Vibrant and intense living is the warrior’s form of worship.”
― Stephen K. Hayes


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